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WorldPride, k.d. lang and Camp fYrefly to share moment in support of global leadership

April 14, 2014 WorldPride, k.d. lang and Camp fYrefly to share moment in support of global leadership

A Fundraiser for Canada's only national leadership retreat for LGBTTIQQ2SA Youth

TORONTO, ON, April 14, 2014 | WorldPride 2014 announces that k.d. lang and comedian and jazz vocalist Lea DeLaria will perform at the WorldPride Awards Gala, a fundraiser in support of Camp fYrefly.  Hosted by Canadian philanthropist Salah Bachir, this event will honour global leadership with the presentation of the WorldPride Awards.

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This fundraiser in support of our future leaders will bring international LGBTTIQQ2SA* celebrities and leaders together to honour award recipients who have made a significant global impact towards the advancement and acceptance of LGBT people around the world.

“I’m proud to be a Canadian because we embrace and celebrate diversity,” says k.d. lang. "I will be celebrating WorldPride 2014 in June and I’m inviting everyone to join the festivities in Toronto.  It is an honor to be part of this international festival that brings people together from around the globe.  Let our diverse freak flags fly."

Hosted at the historic Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto, the gala will support Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, genderqueer, non-binary, two-spirit, queer, questioning, pansexual, asexual, and allied youth between the ages of 14 and 24. The Camp, which was founded in 2004 by Dr. André P. Grace and Dr. Kristopher Wells, is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities.

“We are so pleased to stand together to honour leaders and future leaders in the LGBT community,” says Kate Daniels, WorldPride Gala Co-Chair. “This once-in-a-lifetime event helps shine a light on Canada’s position in promoting the importance of LGBT rights as human rights.”

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTQQ2SA* communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.

For ticket information please email: ben@pridetoronto.com

About Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts the city’s Pride Festival, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June and one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over one million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.

*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.

Media ContactS

Sean Hillier, Co-Chair
Tel: 647-203-3448

Shelley Craig, Co-Chair
Tel: 416-978-8847

Pride Toronto